Gus E. Stuart, one of the prominent and successful editors and publishers in Hancock county, was born at Fortville, March 19, 1867, the son of Dr. and Mrs. John G. Stuart, the former of whom was for many years a prominent physician in the community, and died on October 7, 1898.
Gus E. Stuart was educated in the public schools of Fortville. After completing his education he became an employee of Greene & Williams on the Fortville Journal, which paper was established in 1883. He continued there for two years and then became a journeyman printer, working at various places throughout the country. In February, 1886, he and his brother, Dr. Arthur A. Stuart, established the Fortville Sun; which they published until July, 1887, when they sold th plant to Simmons Brothers.
After the sale of the paper Mr. Stuart again became a journeyman and worked at various places until 1895, when he established a branch office at Fortville for the Kahn Tailoring Company, of Indianapolis. He conducted a successful business until 1909, at which time he bought the field of the Fortville Tribune and the plant of the Sun. The latter paper he had established and then sold.
Mr. Stuart has increased the plant and has placed modern equipment, with which he is able to do all modern and up-to-date printing. Besides doing good job work he has succeeded in building up the circulation of the paper to over one thousand regular subscribers.
In 1894 Gus E. Stuart was united in marriage to Rosetta Olvey, of Sheridan, Hamilton county. To this union one child has ben born, Elsie D. Fraternally, Mr. Stuart is a member of the Knights of Pythias, having been a member since 1895. He is a past chancellor of the order. Mr. Stuart is also a member of the Improved Order of Red Men. Politically, Mr. Stuart has been a Republican the greater part of his life and took an active interest in the political campigns. Mr. Stuart's paternal grandfather was Isaac Stuart, while his maternal grandfather was Jacob Tague.
Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Page 1064-1065.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI November 8, 2001.
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